Cases on Grassroots Campaigns for Community Empowerment and Social Change

Cases on Grassroots Campaigns for Community Empowerment and Social Change

Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko (University of Botswana, Botswana)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: April, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 378
ISBN13: 9781466685680|ISBN10: 1466685689|EISBN13: 9781466685697|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8568-0


In modern times, political and social reform often starts at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder; common people with ordinary lives enact change through community organization and the desire to improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. Governments that support such movements can experience great advances and achievements in the long term.

Cases on Grassroots Campaigns for Community Empowerment and Social Change presents a series of real-world studies on political and social activism in the information age, focusing on how empowerment of minority or underserved populations can serve to enact sweeping reforms regionally, nationally, or globally. This book is a critical resource for political and private actors, including government agencies, community organizers, political parties, and researchers in the social sciences.

This reference work features research on timely topics such as women’s empowerment, poverty, social activism and social change, community building, and empowerment of individuals in a variety of socioeconomic settings and roles.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Empowering Women
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Individual Empowerment
  • Leadership Dynamics
  • Poverty to Prosperity
  • Self-Empowerment
  • Social Change

Reviews and Testimonials

Lekoko cites government and their development partners as losing hope in the welfare approach as a means of improving the lives of the disadvantaged or those at the grassroots level of society. With the help of her contributors, she presents cases which illustrate what people at the grassroot level have done that brought positive transformation and empowerment into their lives. The book describes different factors that impede achieving empowerment: politics, bureaucracy, inertia, and self-defeating attributes.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko is a community development specialist in the field of adult education, University of Botswana. She did her graduate studies, Masters and Doctoral Degree in Adult Education at the University of Alberta, Canada and Pennsylvania State University, USA, respectively. She has written extensively on the area of community development; exploring and addressing pertinent issues of the excluded and vulnerable groups such as rural communities, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and older adults. Her professional development in this area can be explained as weaving together experiences in diverse fields such as out-of-school education, non-formal education, open and distance learning and lifelong learning.